TfL appoints charity to run cycling grant scheme
Transport for London (TfL) has appointed Groundwork, an environmental regeneration charity, to manage the new 'Cycling Grants London' programme, which offers funding to groups that encourage Londoners to take up and improve their cycling skills.
The grants were previously known as the 'Community Cycling Funds for London' (CCfL) and administered by the London Cycling Campaign (LCC).
Ben Plowden, director of surface strategy and planning at TfL, said: “We want more people from all ages and backgrounds to join the cycling revolution sweeping through our city.
“Groundwork's experience of supporting local communities will help us achieve this, so that all Londoners can enjoy the benefits of cycling in the Capital.”
Community projects across London can apply for up to £10,000 in funding to deliver cycling initiatives, such as guided rides, cycle training and bike maintenance. Projects that have received CCfL grants in the past will be eligible for top-up grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 to continue to deliver them. A broad range of community groups are eligible to apply for grants, including residents' associations, charities and youth organisations.
Projects are expected to help build the confidence of infrequent or new cyclists from all backgrounds - especially groups under represented in cycling at present such as women, children and young people, who may be limited by income, equipment, health, ability, skills or information.
Applications for funding will open on 24 August and close on 21 September 2015.